Laura Lodewyck, NBC5 Street Team
I enjoy scoping out new bands, but I don’t possess the rabid musical craving of some of my friends, whom I would truly and proudly deem as music freaks. Come summer, though, it’s time to catch up on what I’ve missed. I always look to Lollapalooza as the chance to look up the bands that I’ve been meaning to check out. As Chicagoans, how lucky are we to get Lollapalooza? It’s an unendingly great deal and it’s always an incredible time. But massive and amazing as the Lolla line up is, it’s just the tip of the musical iceberg.
Take Lupen Crook, a UK musician who recently made the trek to New York City to crack open the US market. Lupen Crook and his band, the Murderbirds, are a small band that’s part of the “underground folk scene” in the UK, and were recently featured on the series Rehearsal Space. Since 2004, Lupen Crook has been a part of the underground folk scene growing out of London. Lupen joins with brothers Tom and Bob Langridge of the Murderbirds, to bring what the BBC calls “a rag-tag sonic assault” to the stage. Performing on a half-strung 12-string acoustic guitar and backed by a band playing everything from traditional instruments to hub-caps and beer kegs, Lupen Crook and the Murderbirds throw everything they’ve got at their fans, including the kitchen sink. Check them out at http://www.zoom-in.com/spotlights/rehearsal_space_lupen_crook_and_the_murderbirds
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